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Grep – Find Process ID And Kill It In Linux/UNIX

Question :- How I can kill the running process ID, when ever I need to kill a background process I do ps -e | grep “process_name” and this command prints something like this “4605 ? 11:18:29 mysqld” and then I kill the process id with “kill -9 4605” So is there are any simple way to simplify this and make it quicker reducing the amount of typing?

Answer :- Yes, you can do this in simple way. Many Linux users and admin uses pgrep to kill the process id, if you run the pgrep command such as “pgrep mysqld” it will print the all process id associated with MySQL and if you want to kill all MySQL process id you can simply use the “pkill mysql” command. There are lots of way to do this.

Find The Process ID And Kill It

You can also use below command to kill the process id using grep command:

ps -eaf | grep "process_name | grep -v grep | awk '{ print $2 }' | xargs kill -9

You can use one line command and reuse it form the history of your bash, or better create an alias for it .

You can also create a bash script and set it to execute on specific time.

# mkdir /root/script
# cd /root/script/
# vim

PID=`ps -eaf | grep  | grep -v grep | awk '{print $2}'`
if [[ "" !=  "$PID" ]]; then
  echo "killing $PID"
  kill -9 $PID

Save and close the file and make it executable.

# chmod +x /root/script/

Now if you want to run this script at specific time make a cron entry like below:

# crontab -e

## Kill Process ID
*/5 * * * * /root/script/ > /dev/null/

Save cron file using :wq! . In above cron I scheduled “” to execute at every 5 minutes.

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